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The collective insanity of the publishing industry - Gene Doucette
Book publishers pushed hard for the right to control prices, then raised e-book prices higher than print, then celebrated that print sales were now higher than e-books. Crazy.
via:HackerNews  publishing  pricing  ebooks 
march 2016 by mcherm
Big Improvements In Ebook Creation · Computing Thoughts
He mentions some tools for creating epub and mobi from HTML or MS Word source, and mentions that the current version of those tools are actually pretty good.
ebooks  via:BruceEckel  BruceEckel 
june 2015 by mcherm
Book View Cafe | because you can never have too many ebooks
An eBook store that's run by a collective of authors. Probably worth checking out.
ebooks  todo 
february 2015 by mcherm
Ebooks: durability is a feature, not a bug | Technology |
Cory Doctorow points out that it's stupid to require eBooks used by libraries be good only for a limited number of viewings.
library  ebooks  CoryDoctorow  via:CoryDoctorow 
september 2014 by mcherm
Adobe to Require New Epub DRM in July, Expects to Abandon Existing Users - The Digital Reader
Adobe invented a new kind of DRM so they're going to break all existing eBook readers using their old technology. Really.
drm  adobe  ebooks  via:boingboing 
february 2014 by mcherm
Ten Things You May Not Know About Ebook Prices | TechCrunch
Pricing of eBooks: actual measurements, plus the observation that consumer behavior is different in the UK and the USA.
ebooks  pricing  via:boingboing 
january 2014 by mcherm
Dungeons & Dragons Classics - Every edition available again
Ebook versions of all early dungeons and dragons materials.
D&D  ebooks  via:reddit 
january 2013 by mcherm
Body and Soul: the age of the electronic book
A really nice essay on copyright and it's application to eBooks.
law  ip-law  copyright  ebooks  via:boingboing  personal_net 
december 2012 by mcherm
Download free ebooks at
Free (advertising supported) textbooks available as electronic downloads.
ebooks  teaching  onlinebooks  via:Techdirt 
november 2012 by mcherm
calibre - E-book management
I am told this is an excellent tool for managing e-books, and among other things it can strip the DRM from books purchased from Amazon.
useful  ebooks  kindle  via:reddit  drm 
october 2012 by mcherm
Cutting their own throats - Charlie's Diary
Book publishers insisted in DRM for eBooks. Now that same DRM is helping Amazon to maintain a stranglehold on 80% or more of the eBook market. As eBooks grow, the publishers will face a single customer with no competitors, and it will eventually kill THEM.
amazon  CharlesStross  via:HackerNews  drm  publishing  ebooks 
november 2011 by mcherm
Ebooks: durability is a feature, not a bug | Technology |
EBooks shouldn't be limited to 26 checkouts because new technologies shouldn't slavishly replicate the failings of the old technology.
via:CoryDoctorow  CoryDoctorow  library  ebooks 
march 2011 by mcherm
HarperCollins Puts 26 Loan Cap on Ebook Circulations
Publisher says libraries can only lend eBooks 26 times before they must re-purchase them, because after all, that's how long physical books last. Bullshit!
law  ip-law  copyright  library  ebooks  books  via:reddit 
march 2011 by mcherm
RUSHKOFF: Why I Left My Publisher in Order to Publish a Book | ARTHUR MAGAZINE
He thinks the publishing industry adds too much cost and if you omit them books cost 1/2 as much and pay authors 2x as much. (But no more advances.)
books  ebooks  publishing  via:BruceEckel 
october 2010 by mcherm
A Quick Note On eBook Pricing and Amazon Hijinx « Whatever
Apparently, Amazon and MacMillian are arguing over the price of eBooks. What they're not arguing about is DRM. I like this author's approach.
amazon  ebooks  cdrm  pricing  via:boingboing 
january 2010 by mcherm
Even Amazon can't keep its EULA story straight Boing Boing
Amazon says they don't sell eBooks, they license them with limited rights. And they do this of their own volition, not because publishers insisted.
amazon  ip-law  law  shrinkwrap  books  ebooks  copyright  CoryDoctorow  via:boingboing  eula 
january 2010 by mcherm
Amazon's Orwellian deletion of Kindle books - Boing Boing
Cory Doctorow writes an essay about Amazon's deletion of 1984 from the Kindle that makes all the right points.
amazon  kindle  DRM  copyright  law  ip-law  ebooks  books  evil  blogworthy  via:boingboing  CoryDoctorow 
july 2009 by mcherm
Some E-Books Are More Equal Than Others - Pogue’s Posts Blog -
Amazon decided that a book had been incorrectly authorized. So they deleted it off of all Kindles to which it had been sold. (They refunded the money.) This is a MAJOR flaw: the customers retroactively lost a product they had purchased. It's a risk to the consumer. Oh, and it couldn't have happened to a more appropriate book: George Orwell's 1984.
amazon  kindle  DRM  copyright  law  ip-law  ebooks  books  evil  blogworthy  via:HackerNews 
july 2009 by mcherm
The Volokh Conspiracy - Amazon Caves on Kindle:
Amazon Kindle won't do text-to-speech except when permitted by the publisher, because of claims it would violate the "performance rights". That's just wrong.
ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  evil  kindle  ebooks 
march 2009 by mcherm
No, David Pogue, Ebook Piracy is Not a Given
Will it kill your market if you distribute a book as a PDF? This author say no. He also says asking for donations won't yield anything worth keeping, but selling for a small price (like songs on iTunes) WILL work. Sounds right to me.
copyright  itunes  ebooks  writing  free  via:slashdot 
june 2008 by mcherm

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